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14A Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2010 Feather River Bulletin I- Joshua Sebold a similar nature by the same of the property live on that the cooperative approach Staff Writer person, land, so the rule will not be hasn't worked." jsebold@plumasnews.com The Lassen County ordi- applied in those cases. The enforcement office was nance that the Plumas code Citizens may request appeal complaint driven, "like most The Plumas County Board was based on called for $500 hearings to contest whether a are." of Supervisors has approved and $1,000 per day fines in code violation exists. "If the " "When a complaint is re- a new code enforcement ordi- those cases, but Building Offi- violation was corrected not ceived, someone goes out and nance that will allow the cial John Cunningham morethan 10 days beyond the investigates, determines code enforcement depart-thought the Plumas version required correction date and whether the complaint is ment to fine property owners should call for smaller in- this was a first offence, the valid. We contact the property who don't correct countycreases in the low hundreds, fine would be reduced to $100 owner, advise them of the code violations in a timely The ordinance also indi- total." complaint and what the viola- manner after receiving no- cates fines not paid within 30 Cunningham, who also tions are." tice of aproblem, days "will be subject to inter- oversees the code enforce- He said in the past, the The background material est at the legal rate of 10 per- ment department, appearedprocess ended at that point. for the agenda item indicated cent" per year. before the board at the Aug. 3 The new rule would allow for that "timely" would usually In addition, "The respor si- meeting to brief the board on fines and encourage code en- be defined as within 30 days ble party shall not be granted the topic, forcement officers to take "unless the violation causes a any additional permit, entitle- He said the intent of theproactive action if they no- hazard or safety issue requir- ment, agreement or other change was to take code en- ticed an entire area had sys- ing more immediate action." privilege until the administra- forcement matters "out of the tematic problems. The ordinance allows thetive citation and appropriate judicial courts where they The director hoped it would department to fine a property fee have been resolved." don't have time and thesecounteract some of the neigh- owner $100 per day for a first Finally, the ordinance al: types of cases are not really bor-driven complaints when offense on a violation until lows the county to transfer particularly important toone neighbor reports a prob- the situation is corrected, unpaid fees to a lien on the them." lem with a neighbor's proper- The department will haveproperty after they are 45 He said previous code en-ty and both properties have an option to fine repeat of- days delinquent, althoughforcement had been "a paper the same issues. fenders at a higher daily rate, state law prohibits this from tiger without any teeth to try Cunningham also hoped the depending on prior offenses of happening when the ownersto bring enforcement whennew rule would keep some of Joshua Sebold Nevada and Plumas County next morning, termining if any guns were Staff Writer officials reported three Neva- The Plumas County Sher- still missing was related to jsebold@plurnasnews.com da residents broke into the iris Office now believes an au- the estate of the deceased Law enforcement authori-home of a deceased man intomatic rifle found on the side man. Officials were still work- ties still have not determined south Reno with the intention of the road near Nervino Air- ing to determine what items if there are any outstanding of stealing automatic port in Eastern Plumas actu- were in the house before the guns related to the Aug. 12 in- firearms, ally belonged to one of the sus- break-in. cident that began as a high- The trio allegedly fled from pects and had not been taken It appears some of the speed chase in Washoe Coun- Nevada authorities across the from the burglarized home. man's belongings were sold or ty and ended with a manhunt state line before finally being Plumas County Sheriff Greg moved after his death, making in Plumas County. apprehended in Graeagle the Hagwood said the delay in de- it difficult for the estate to Playing with fire The playground at Baldwin Park on Joy Way in Portola was set on fire last Thursday morning around 11. 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SHOWTIME and relab~ marks ere regtmred ~ of Sl~m~ Netwo~s inc., a C8S Company. t: d S a f rose neighbor disputes in his epartment's area, relieving 3me pressure on the district ttorney's and sheriff's of- ces. BOS Chairwoman and (hester supervisor Sherrie "l hrall said the new rule called fi >r the hearing officer in con- t,. sted cases to be someone not e mployed by the county. She asked where that per- s would come from and how e would be paid. Cunningham said he forked as a hearing officer f)r Lassen County in the past s nd Plumas didn't charge for taat service, and he hoped t 3ose types of reciprocal rela- t ionships would fulfill that r eed. He added that hearings opefully wouldn't be needed t nrY often. "Our goal is again work for voluntary compli- ce and this is used when aat has failed." New County Counsel Craig ettlemire, who previously held the same position in Lassen, said that county only had two of those hearings in about five years. Indian Valley supervisor Robert Meacher said there used to be talk of code enforce- ment eventually becoming a self-funding department. Cunningham told him the new ordinance wouldn't cause any added expense for the county. He hadn't taken part in those discussions, as he wasn't in his current position at the time, and thought the idea of the department paying for itself was "pie in the sky." He didn't find it appropriate for the county to use this ordi- nance as "a reveriue generator." The director .stressed the point of the fine was to en- courage compliance. "It's having the hammer, and not necessarily using it, is what l envision of this. Now there's certainly going to be a lot of them where we're going to have to fine them." arrow down what exactly trial by fire: activating the sys- in th$ house when it was tem in a relatively fluid situa- urglarized, tion. Getting out even some no- Meanwhile, Plumas County tifications was obviously a ] dministrative Officer Jack huge upgrade over two years ngstad has been working ago when the system didn't ex- ith the county's information ist. I echnol0gy department and Hagwood and Ingstad said I Iagwood to correct some the situation provided a valu- litches in the emergency no- able chance to learn from a iflcationsystem, usedto send mistake without harm to recorded telephone warning county residents. t9 residents. They were also confident |Ingstad reported about 50 the information technology percent of the calls sent out by department could quickly the system during the fugitive write a program to fix the incident didn't reach the right problem and apply the reme- destination because of a mis- dy to the entire county. They take in how numbers in gee- believed that would drastical- graphical areas were grouped ly improve the success rate by the county's geographic in- the next time the system was formation system department, used. GIS can be used to overlay Ingstad said at least 50 resi- data on top of a global posi- dents from Graeagle called his tioning system map, basically office to report they didn't get the same way a program like a notification call. Anyone Google Earth or Google Maps else who experienced that displays location names and problem was encouraged to other data on top of its maps. call 283-6315. Ida, said the more Ingstadsaid the GIS depart- people who r pprted prob- ment was part of the planning lems, the more information department, so it decided to the county would have to un- use parcel maps as a guide derstand the issue. when grouping phone num- Hagwood confirmed a bers, which led to some confu- SWAT team member acciden- sion because the phone num- tally discharged a weapon bers associated with parcel when the unit was clearing maps aren't always accurate the house the suspects had or logically grouped numeri- parked next to when they cally, stopped in Graeagle. Hagwood thought the esti-The sheriff said the group mated number of Graeagle was transitioning from rifles residents who didn't get a call to handguns when it got to the[ during the incident was too second floor and one officer high, but that a significant accidentally fired one bullet number of errors did occur, into the floor, which exited He also suggested GIS through the kitchen ceiling. couldn't take all the blame, He said no one was hurt and saying there were deficiencies he personally called the prop- in the system that all parties erty owners to assure them involved in the system should the county would pay for the take s0me responsibility for, damages. including his department.Hagwood said that was the The sheriff noted some offirst time in more than 22 the Graeagle phone numbers years that the SWAT team in the system hadn't been up- had an accidental discharge. dated often enough. At the end of the incident, Hagwood felt the system three Nevada residents were should have been activated arrested, one stolen vehicle multiple times to catch people was impounded, one automat- and businesses that missed ic rifle was recovered, no one the original, early morning was injured, and the only notification, damage reported was from In the end, Hagwood said the that one bullet, the only shot situation had been a bit of a fired during the entire event. CRAFTS LIVE MUSIC LOCALLY GROWN FOOD Food Stamps can now be spent af the QUINCY ARM I S' " MARKET. ' t l It's eastj: Visit theMarket EBT Booth Get your tokens Shop the Market! Question.9 Call 550-229-4009